We are a friendly Church that believes in God's Word and putting it into practice in our daily lives. Find out a little more about us by reading below, but to really learn about our family at First Baptist come join us for worship at 11 am beginning September 21st.
Mission: Leading people to faith in Jesus Christ and equipping them
to live as servants devoted to Jesus Christ and His Church.
Vision statement: Introducing our neighbors to Christ and serving together in God's Name.
We have a church rich in history. The first Baptist church was organized in 1828 between what are now Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, though the first formal organized Baptist church in Ypsilanti was not until 1830. The Lord has worked in our church in times of trials, when the church burned down, and also used our church to give to the community that we live in. Here are some of the highlights of our history.
First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti is a very stable church and congregation. We have been blessed with only 3 Pastors in the past 75 years. The shepherds of our church have been Reverend William R. Shaw from 1925 through 1964, Reverend William Bingham from 1964 through 1981, and most recently Reverend Vivan Martindale from 1981 through 1999. Rev. Galen Lowery, served as our interim until Pastor Randy Johnson joined us in May of 2001.
First Baptist has always enjoyed a strong mission outreach and this has been exemplified by our assistance in founding many churches in the area. These churches include Grove Road Baptist Church, Willow Run Baptist Church, The Chilson Hills Baptist Church and financial assistance was given to the Metropolitan Baptist Church. Reverend Shaw showed his leadership in this area by serving as President of the Ypsilanti Kiwanis Club, and active involvement with the Salvation Army, including working with Major Boon in having the Kiwanis ringing the Christmas Kettle Bells for the past 40 years. Reverend Bingham was instrumental in establishing the Meals on Wheels program, which still resides in the church. First Baptist also extends itself into the community by outreach to Eastern Michigan University, which benefited from Reverend Martindale’s focus on campus ministry. First Baptist has also served the community for over thirty years by providing a Living Nativity for Ypsilanti and the greater Ypsilanti community.
Our church has also benefited from a tremendous group of lay leaders. During the 1960’s our church took part in forming a coalition of churches to meet the needs of the minorities and the community and had representation from FBC. Lay leaders have been involved in many ways including but not limited to, securing the land for the present building, bankers providing financial advice, cleaning and stacking brick after the old church burned to be used in the new church, and providers of leadership. Serving the Lord Jesus Christ has always been the focus to this day.
First Baptist is a member of the American Baptist Churches of the U.S.A., the Baptist World Alliance, and the Church Women United. Through these and other structures, we recognize and work toward the unity of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. All are welcome to attend and worship and Christians may join First Baptist Church regardless of denominational or racial background.
It is with a sense of awe that we look at all the gifts which our Lord has bestowed upon us. We recognize that this places great responsibility on us and we shall continually strive to be faithful to the inscription on the front of our building:
"Dedicated to the Glory of God and the Service of Man".